The Conrad Chicago lies between the legacy Chicago Hilton and the Hilton flagship Waldorf Astoria in both price and location, and in some respects is preferable to both. If you arrive by car, choose the self-park option in a lot directly opposite the entrance on Rush Street, and at 45 dollars a day you will save 16 dollars over the valet option with little loss of convenience. Proceed to reception on the fifth floor for check-in.
Our spacious executive room on the 11th floor was well thought out. It seemed designed for one high level business traveler – there was only one lounge chair, but two robes were provided for us. The desk is large enough to spread out, even though it is supplied with a Keurig coffee maker. The leather chair was attractive, but a bit worn, with too much lean. The mechanism may have been shot. In sum, décor is clean and contemporary – no chintz no quirkiness, except for the chair, everything feels solid and well-constructed.
The refrigerator comes empty and thus available for your own beverages and comestibles. The hotel will stock it as a minibar on request. Water bottles are free and the hotel is not stingy with them. The large LG flatscreen is augmented by a Bose 2.1 sound system – try not to disturb the other guests. The remote is overly complex and the channel selection is a bit limited. Internet is free but very slow, I used my cell as a mobile hotspot. Our large bathroom had both a soaking tub and a shower. I might have traded the tub for a larger shower – the head was a bit low for this six footer, taller folks might have to bend a bit, Amenities from Balance were generously replaced.
Sleep quality was good. The hotel supplied four good pillows and there was a pillow menu on offer,
Drinks are available in the lobby bar and the Terrace Rooftop bar. We tried both. A blood orange vodka/pomegranate cocktail was well made and a glass of Riesling was solid. A Bloody Mary was nicely presented but lacked any discernible spice or horseradish.
Breakfast was better than I expected. There was no buffet so proper care was given to the cooked items. Poached eggs were perfect and their accompanying breakfast sausages were large, plump and juicy. An omelet of chorizo and cheddar was nicely rolled and well seasoned. You can chose pastries in lieu of toast, so we plumped for a brioche sucree and a hazelnut donut. The red bliss potatoes were thinly sliced and nicely cooked.You won't miss the usual mediocre hotel buffet.
The hotel connects directly to the North Bridge shops – small luxury level mall with a fine Nordstrom. If you’ve ever wanted to live in Nordstrom this is your chance. Visit Merchant & Rhoades for a haircut, shave or gentleman's toiletries,
Joe’s Seafood/Steak across the street will satisfy steak and seafood lovers. Eataly, around the corner will satisfy foodies. You can provision your mini-fridge, snack on focaccia, or have a full sit down meal. There are many other restaurants nearby.
At this price point the closest competition for an Honors member may be the Doubletree Wit a few blocks to the South in the Loop. The Wit is funkier and more interesting, but the Conrad experience is more refined and comfortable. If you’re not a clubgoer, you will probably prefer the Conrad. The hotel lacks the history of the nearby Intercontinental, but makes up for it with creature comforts and inclusions. No nickel and diming chez Conrad,
Pros: Understated luxury-think an Audi A8 not a Rolls Royce. Location.
Cons: No pool. Somewhat impersonal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Complimentary Internet access in guestrooms, complimentary remote WiFi printing, complimentary pillow selection from the Sleep Menu, complimentary "Conrad Concierge" App, complimentary daily coffee & tea service, Hilton HHonors points and more... The Conrad Chicago hotel is a perfect downtown Chicago destination to experience the Magnificent Mile,"One of the Great Avenues of the World." The downtown Chicago location of the hotel is the ideal destination for shopping excursions within walking distance to the Mag Mile. Shopping Mavens will enjoy perusing leisurely through closely located Michigan Avenue retailers like Nordstrom, American Girl Place, The Shops at North Bridge, Water Tower Place, 900 North Michigan Shops, the Apple Store and Niketown Chicago. Our downtown Chicago hotel is within walking distance of many Chicago attractions, including Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is just minutes to the Loop - Chicago's historic business district, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The contemporary residential style of the 312 guestrooms and suites combines a warm color palette with deep textured finishes and plush fabrics synonymous with Conrad Hotels & Resorts' signature decor. Each room features a custom-quilted headboard, pillow top mattress, bedding accents, ergonomic leather chair with ottoman, modern art, soft lighting, and spacious bathrooms with granite detailing. Additional amenities include 42-inch flat screen television, surround sound system, iPod alarm clock with docking/charging station and complimentary nightly turndown service upon request. Guests of the Conrad Chicago can enjoy a choice of modern accommodations, including Deluxe, Executive, Deluxe Suite,Executive Suite and Terrace Suite. All 100% smoke free. The Conrad Chicago is a pet-friendly hotel. The Conrad team welcomes you to visit the Conrad Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago and experience tailored service for the modern discerning traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conrad Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Conrad